A whirl through Miami, South Florida’s party capital
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Miami glitters day and night

A whirl through Miami, South Florida’s party capital
Guests enjoy balmy breezes on the palm-lined beach of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, which is set across placid waters from the Brickell District. The Mandarin is a favorite haunt of celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, Colin Ferrell and Janet Jackson. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A whirl through Miami, South Florida’s party capital
The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club in Miami’s South Beach features rooms furnished with Tempur-Pedic Swedish mattresses, Mascioni 300-thread-count sheets and goose down comforters and pillows. Celebrities spotted at the hotel and its low-key restaurant include Dylan McDermott and Keanu Reeves. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
Diners crowd Barton G., a wildly popular Miami Beach restaurant that prides itself on its over-the-top table presentations. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A whirl through Miami, South Florida’s party capital
Voodoo shrimp served with a tropical salsa, plantain chips and an orchid garnish typifies the splashy culinary style of Joseph Parsons, executive chef at Barton G. restaurant in Miami Beach. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
A whirl through Miami, South Florida’s party capital
Seared tuna and baby bok choy on an Asian-themed table setting is one of the creations of Joseph Parsons, executive chef at Barton G. restaurant in Miami Beach. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters day and night
A vintage Rolls-Royce is parked along Ocean Drive in South Beach, a trendy haunt for the hip and famous, including Nick Lachey, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Serena Williams. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters day and night
Timeless fashions by Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Versace, Oscar de la Renta and Paco Rabanne are among the thousands of items for sale at C. Madeleine’s, a vintage clothing shop in North Miami. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, night and day
A resident of Miami’s South Beach looks down on the boardwalk along Ocean Drive. The area bustles night and day as visitors dine, dance and play along palm-lined streets and unbroken stretches of sand. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
Jewelry from the 1920s to the early 1980s is sold at C. Madeleine’s vintage shop in North Miami, a 10,000-square-foot emporium frequented by Chloe Sevigny, Naomi Campbell, Jessica Simpson and Marissa Tomei. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
The Delano Hotel stands out among the works of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture that dot the seaside avenues of Miami’s South Beach. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
Mighty pillars line the soaring lobby of the Delano Hotel in Miami’s South Beach, famous for its white guest rooms. Lushly landscaped gardens lead directly to the beach. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
A tranquil and expansive pool -- along with the renowned Agua Spa and a private beach -- makes the Delano Hotel in Miami’s South Beach the epitome of simple chic. Jamie Foxx recently celebrated his 40th birthday at the hotel, and his guest list included Dwyane Wade, Fat Joe, Timbaland, Sean Paul and Busta Rhymes. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami shops hotels
The Jungle Room at Casa Casuarina -- the former Gianni Versace mansion -- goes for about $4,000 a night. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
Art Deco and Streamline Moderne architecture give Miami’s South Beach a distinctive look that flashes back to an earlier era. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Miami glitters, day and night
A neon sign adorns an Art Deco apartment building in Miami’s South Beach, long a refuge for visitors from colder climes. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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